Health Matters for Women Newsletter

Health Matters for Women newsletter from CDC. US Dept. of Health and Human Services

December 2022

Supporting Women with Disabilities to Achieve Optimal Health
An estimated 35 million women in the U.S. report having a disability. Women with disabilities require health care and health programs for the same reasons anyone else does—to stay well, active, and a part of the community. Learn more about the challenges women with disabilities experience and how you can help support disability awareness.

College Health and Safety for Women
Going to college may be an exciting time for all age groups. It’s an opportunity for students to gain new knowledge and experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Working together, students and institutions can take steps to ensure a safe and healthy college experience for all.

Attitudes and Experiences Surrounding Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States: A Scoping Review
A scoping review was conducted using the Arksey and O’Malley’s framework to identify research and gaps in literature about Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) -related attitudes and experiences among individuals from FGM/C-practicing countries living in the United States.

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Questions of the Month for January 2023

Question: What is the primary cause of cervical cancer?

  1. Certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV)
  2. Irregular menstrual cycles
  3. Eating too much sugar

Answer: A. Certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).

Long-lasting infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. At least half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives, but few women will get cervical cancer. Screening tests and the HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. Learn more: Basic Information About Cervical Cancer | CDC